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End Double—and Lower—Standards for Special Education Teachers

posted by Guest contributor | August 28, 2015, 09:39 AM

By Sandi Jacobs
Ms. Jacobs is vice president & managing director for state & district policy for the National Council on Teacher Quality. Learn more about NCTQ.

Almost 6.4 million students—about 13% of students overall—receive special education services. Meanwhile, nearly the same percentage of the teacher workforce works in special education classrooms. Considering the need for these professionals and the specialized skills required of them, you’d think expectations for preparing and licensing special education teachers would be at least as high as they are for other teachers, if not higher.

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Reform Matters: August 26th, 2015

posted by Alana | August 26, 2015, 05:00 PM

 A Publication of the Association of American Educators
Volume 4, Issue 2: August 26, 2015
AAE 2015 Workforce & Pension Policy Survey

Louisiana Embraces Course Choice

posted by Alana | August 26, 2015, 10:09 AM


In 2012, the state of Louisiana embraced a revolutionary policy known as public school “course choice,” opening the door for students interested in taking on additional classes. Since the time of its launch, the program has been hailed as a critical reform by allowing students to take courses outside of the traditional public school setting through third party organizers.

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